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I recently upgraded the BIOS on my server’s SuperMicro X9DRL-iF board, and ran into a strange issue, which I fixed, and upon reflection, think I know why it happened. The BIOS fix was a Spectre fix, so it wasn’t a case of don’t-fix-unless-broken, as Spectre is a critical fix, so it was a must-do as it’s an internet facing server powering Kitamura’s infrastructure.

Issue

I upgraded the IPMI/BMC firmware first, as it still had the original version less than v2.0. I did it in DOS as it’s a simple dUpdate.exe -f nameofupdatefile.bin dance. If i’d done it through the IPMI interface, I’d have needed a serial key, which I don’t have. When the update finished the BMC/IPMI rebooted itself, and, I wrongly assumed, reset its configuration.

Second I flashed the BIOS, which again was a simple “ami.bat X9DRL8.712” command, and upon reboot, everything seemed fine, until the server suddenly ramped up the fans followed by a loud beeping while Windows loaded. This started and stopped, with the fans speeding up and slowing down. I logged into Windows Server, and used HWMonitor to check temps, all good. I opened SuperDoctor, and the PSU had an exclamation. Strangely I noticed it wasn’t showing temps. True enough, hooking an LED up to the overheat LED header showed it was in fact an overheat condition, even though it wasn’t, ha. My X9DRL is custom built into a Phanteks Enthoo Pro tower case, so doesn’t have all the extra LED’s the original rack chassis did.

Eventually I hooked up a laptop to the IPMI port and logged in to the IPMI interface. True enough, all the sensors were showing N/A. I reset the IPMI/BMC, and upon a reboot, all sensors were showing again, and the annoying issue stopped. NOTE a full power cycle is needed, just letting the BMC reset isn’t enough.

Note to self, use the -r option switch next time to reset IPMI/BMC config! Something must have changed in the 3.31FW from 1.8 that was causing the sensors not to read, and go into panic!

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Ever since the new Supergirl TV series started, starring the beautiful, talented and all-round cheeky and friendly super lady Melissa Benoist, we wanted the new costume in our costume collection, but we wanted it to be perfect. We started it in 2016, and two years later we’re so proud to have the designer of our specific costume herself, Annabelle “Belle” Collins, model it for us. Annabelle is a long time cosplayer, and also a keen costume designer in her job, she’s studied SuperMel’s costume extensively, and ours is the first completed one she’s done. The thing that makes Annabelle special is she was mentored 13 years ago at fashion school by Colleen Atwood, the legend lady who originally designed SuperMel’s costume for CBS & DC Comics!

She’s nailed it, don’t you think? She even got Mel’s feisty balled knuckles “ready-to-fight, don’t-push-me” pose spot on! We present SuperBelle Zor-El! Heh, that has a nice ring to it!

It’s great having a dedicated designer and cosplayer in our team as we normally have different people making and modelling them. Kana has designed two, and she has two designer friends, as well as our models who actually do the roleplay, such as Yurie.

And the big beauty of the CBS/CW clone costume is it’s a plastic composite material, with leather trim and diamond S shield, as well as the leather thigh high boots, so it’ll stand up to messy KryptoGunge better than our other Spandex and Lycra costumes, the colours tend to change on those 🙂

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This shoot isn’t quite KryptoGunge, but it’s still sexy and messy for fans of WAM and Superheroine peril. Yurie wanted to get messy after she saw Kana trapped by Mika and me in our edible KryptoGunge.

So we’ve shot a little peril video of her writhing around in gloop in our SuperLady costume, and here’s a small vidcap of her covered in gloop, pretending to be weakened by it, even though it isn’t KryptoGunge:

She played as good a part as Kana did, and I wanted Kana to go get her Supergirl costume on and jump in there with her and wrestle her, but it was a solo test, and a very erotic test it was! 🙂

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Practically anyone who knows me, knows I love the character of Supergirl. She’s the superheroine version of everything I love about human women. Strength, beauty, warmth, love, with some kickass thrown in when she needs it. Given this, most would assume I’m a huge fan of her self-titled television series. I thought I would be too.

A Promising Start

When I initially heard the announcement that Supergirl would be in her own series, I was part dubious due to DC’s track record of inconsistency and mishandling of her character in various media such as the comics. I was also excited, as what red blooded male wouldn’t love a warm, strong, loving yet kickass heroine kicking butt in a cape?!? I loved Helen Slater, and was excited to see where Supergirl would go. She’s a kind of sex symbol, in a way, a bit like Lara Croft. Athletic, fearless, beautiful, and powerful, the perfect wife.

However, upon seeing the first trailer, I was pleasantly surprised and willing to look past minor critiques (using her Kryptonian first name instead of the already established identity of Linda Danvers) and focus on what seemed like a great overall tone, character development in moving Kara past her naive teen years, and a practical costume.

The costume. Wow. I immediately thought of Helen Slater when I saw it, and how true to the ’84 costume it was. It seemed too dark in CBS’s promos, but this was actually due to the dark studio background they shot Mel’s promos on. It wasn’t as bright as Helen’s back in the day, but it isn’t exactly an Evil Supergirl, either. I was a bit saddened they’d covered Mel’s lovely legs up with tights and thigh high boots. They’d shortened the skirt a bit, but hey it had to be family friendly, I guess. Helen’s pins were delicious in the ’84 film, and those gorgeous knee high heroine boots with yellow trim. Yum! Melissa has such a lovely shape, especially round her hips and thighs, the costume shows them off nicely 🙂

Not surprisingly, I ended up really enjoying season 1 despite its BIG flaws. I wasn’t amused by her inter-office drama or arc with Jimmy (too Coronation Street like), but I enjoyed the various alien species presented and the revelations of life on Krypton, but all the while wishing we’d seen more of the latter. I really enjoyed how she started off naive and innocent, slowly, and cutely discovering who she was, and her powers, it brought back memories of the ’84 film.

The guest appearance by Smallville’s Supergirl, Laura Vandervoort, made for a fun “passing of the torch” moment, and it was encouraging to see several familiar faces from the comics making appearances. That said, the introductions of Red Tornado and Lucy Lane seem to have been forgotten and left as dangling threads.

Quickly Lost Potential

While the pilot season and season 2 opener teased escalating intrigue, familiar characters, and Kara owning her independence, that all came crashing to a halt faster than a ship from Daxam.

With the introduction of Chris Wood’s out-of-character portrayal of Mon-El, the show’s tone took a sharp turn downhill. With many episodes focused largely on him and his forced, problematic romance with Kara, there was little time left for intriguing plot lines or room for our hero to grow. When she should have been developing and taking on new and bigger challenges, we were watching her slow down so he could keep up with the basics. Of course, supporting characters should have their own story arcs and development. But with Mon-El, Alex & Maggie, and J’onn & M’gann all having prominent plots of their own, the series became filled with more interpersonal drama than superheroic action. And the action we did see was far from original.

The Superman 2.0 Show

Season 2 also saw the beginning of a disappointing trend, with Kara becoming oddly and unrealistically similar to Clark. Consider this: A reporter with a dorky secret identity, is best friends with and keeping their secret from L.Luthor, and battling a Kryptonian engineered destroyer- one who thought they were human for most of their life.

The fact this accurately describes both Superman and the current Supergirl is a prime example of the series’ lax and unoriginal writing. It’s as if the writers wanted to make a Superman show instead, and assume they can simply recycle his traits and plots, ignorant of the fact Kara is and should be an entirely different person.

Would the Real Supergirl Please Stand Up?

It’s no secret that DC has a long history of inconsistency when it comes to Supergirl. Whereas Superman has been known universally as Clark Kent, Supergirl has had at least seven different pseudonyms- Kara Kent, Linda Danvers, Linda Lee, Linda Lang, Linda Lee Danvers, and Mae Kent, to name a few.

And from 1988-2004, the person/persons in the role of Supergirl were not Kara Zor-El. While there is merit in saying her malleable existence is a good thing as it allows flexibility in reinvention, the only reason she has said flexibility is because no one seems to have written a good enough story for her to stick to. Or if they have, it was eventually mishandled or discontinued, and the following reboot then veered in a completely different direction.

One thing that has been consistent, at least in her Kryptonian incarnations, is the fact she spent most, if not all of her formative years on Krypton. While Supergirl does have Kara arriving on earth at a younger age, she still spent the first half of her life on an advanced planet, and visiting other worlds. It makes complete sense for Kal-El to want to live a human life, as it’s all he’s ever known. It doesn’t make sense for Kara to be content living as an entirely different species which uses, as a true Supergirl once put it, primitive technology. She should also be allowed to showcase the intellect that comes with a Kryptonian education, instead of pretending Winn is always the smartest person in the room when it comes to tech and science.

What Can Be Done?

At this point, a change in direction is unlikely. In an attempt to make her palatable to everyone, the Supergirl showrunners have stripped Kara of a unique identity and made her unrecognizable to her biggest fans. People who’ve discovered Supergirl through the series know her as “basically a female Superman” instead of the brilliant, confident, original character she is in other iterations.

Another disappointment is how this “grown” woman continuously acts like the naive teenager Kara has typically been depicted as. With the pilot episode joining her story already in her mid-twenties, one would imagine most of her moody attitude and bratty personality would be past her. She may be new to being a hero, but the slew of “lesson” episodes make me wonder why she’s still learning the basics of how to treat others, especially when she has lived full-time as a human for over a decade now.

It’s not impossible to improve on though. With so many other planets existing in her universe, it would be both logical and much more interesting to shift her into the role of an interplanetary ambassador- possibly still operating from earth in order to keep her supporting characters involved- but put the focus back on Kara, and who she is independent of anyone else. She doesn’t need to constantly have a relationship plot to be interesting. Though as this is The CW, it’s a hard thing for anyone to avoid.

And sadly, with the viewer numbers dropping faster than the budget, I’ll be surprised if the show goes past the end of S4 to be honest

I’ll keep watching, hoping, but lately all I’m doing is shaking my head in disappointment. I think it speaks volumes when someone who has been essentially obsessed with Supergirl for the better part of a decade, and only knew of Black Lightning by name, is much more interested in watching The CW’s Black Lightning than Supergirl

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TideLog is infection free, so is the entire server, and Google’s shoddy tactics have cost me users and search results.

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